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· Kinderboekenweek: En toen? Van 30 september t/m 11 oktober 2020 · The Tradition, poems by Jericho Brown · Kom zijn liefste – over Herman Gorter ( 29 oktober 2020 – Hilversum) · Tentoonstelling ‘Cremer Noordwaarts 2010-2020’ in museum JAN · Independent Bookstore Day: saturday august 29, 2020 · Dutch writer Marieke Lucas Rijneveld is the winner of The 2020 International Booker Prize · Weird Westerns. Race, Gender, Genre · Brooklyn Book Festival Announces: 15th Anniversary Will Be An All-Virtual Festival · BENEFIT FOR BRABANT – Kunst in tijden van Corona · Roger Robinson: A Portable Paradise (Poetry) · Aria Aber: Hard Damage. Poetry · Cécile Coulon: Noir volcan. Poésie

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Kinderboekenweek: En toen? Van 30 september t/m 11 oktober 2020

Tijdens de Kinderboekenweek 2020 gaan we terug in de tijd

Boeken brengen geschiedenis tot leven, waardoor de wereld van vroeger tastbaar wordt. Lees spannende verhalen over ridders, verplaats je in oorlogstijd of kom van alles te weten over de Oudheid. Je hebt geen tijdmachine nodig om andere tijden te ontdekken. Verken alle werelden van toen door het lezen van boeken!

30 september t/m 11 oktober 2020
Kinderboekenweek: En toen?

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The Tradition, poems by Jericho Brown

Beauty abounds in Jericho Brown’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection, despite and inside of the evil that pollutes the everyday.

A National Book Award finalist, The Tradition questions why and how we’ve become accustomed to terror: in the bedroom, the classroom, the workplace, and the movie theater. From mass shootings to rape to the murder of unarmed people by police, Brown interrupts complacency by locating each emergency in the garden of the body, where living things grow and wither—or survive.

In the urgency born of real danger, Brown’s work is at its most innovative. His invention of the duplex—a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues—is an all-out exhibition of formal skill, and his lyrics move through elegy and memory with a breathless cadence. Jericho Brown is a poet of eros: here he wields this power as never before, touching the very heart of our cultural crisis.

Jericho Brown is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of a Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon, 2019)—winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award. His poems have appeared in Bennington Review, BuzzFeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

The Tradition
poems by Jericho Brown
(Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry)
Format: Paperback
Paperback
110 pages
ISBN-10 : 1556594860
ISBN-13 : 978-1556594861
Publisher : Copper Canyon Press
2 April 2019
Product Dimensions : 22.35 x 14.99 x 1.27 cm
Language: English
$17.00 list price

Jericho Brown
Awards and Honors
Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, 2020
Whiting Writers Award
American Book Award
National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship
Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University Fellowship
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship
Krakow Poetry Seminar Fellowship
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Lambda Literary Trustee Award, 2020

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Kom zijn liefste – over Herman Gorter ( 29 oktober 2020 – Hilversum)

Stichting Feest der Poëzie organiseert met Sociëteit “De Unie” Hilversum op donderdag 29 oktober 2020 in de serie Gooise dichters van het Feest der Poëzie een avond over Herman Gorter.

 

Herman Gorter, de dichter van ‘Mei’ (‘Een nieuwe lente en een nieuw geluid…’), woonde een aantal jaren aan de Nieuwe ‘s-Gravelandseweg 66 in Bussum, in een huis naar ontwerp van architect Berlage.

Voordrachtskunstenaar Simon Mulder en soundscape-artiesten Beggar Brahim (elektrische gitaar) en Jesse LaChiffre (klarinet) brengen nummers van de CD ‘Herman Gorter – Verzen 1890’, waarbij de gedichten uit de lyrische, experimentele, sensitivistische periode van classicus, dichter en socialist Herman Gorter, een unieke samenklank aangaan met Beggar Brahims klanklandschappen.

Klassiek muziekduo Marleen van Os en Daan van de Velde brengt bijzondere en nauwelijks uitgevoerde liederen op teksten van Gorter, bijgestaan door sopraan Heleen Oomen.

Stadsdichter Mieke van Zonneveld brengt de gedichten van Gorter die zij als motto’s in haar debuutbundel Leger gebruikte, en de daarbij behorende gedichten.

Verder bijzondere filmbeelden van Gorter van filminstituut Eye en de première van de videoclip ‘In de zwarte nacht’.

Sociëteit “De Unie” Hilversum
donderdag 29 oktober 2020
20:00 – 22:00 uur
s-Gravelandseweg 57
1217 EH Hilversum

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Tentoonstelling ‘Cremer Noordwaarts 2010-2020’ in museum JAN

Jan Cremer (1940) schildert zijn avontuurlijke leven al zo’n 65 jaar met woorden en penselen.

Vanaf 1 juni wordt een grote selectie van monumentale zeegezichten die Cremer de afgelopen tien jaar heeft geschilderd, tentoongesteld in Museum JAN. Nooit eerder werden deze werken samengebracht in een tentoonstelling. “Cremer Noordwaarts 2010-2020” combineert deze recente doeken met zijn foto’s van reizen naar o.a. Mongolië en Groenland.

In zijn atelier in Umbrië legt Jan Cremer herinneringen vast aan de tijd dat hij de wereldzeeën naar het noorden bevoer. Cremer:

“Ik heb altijd naar de zee verlangd. Zelfs als kind. Ik zeilde en wilde weten wat er achter de horizon lag. Ik hou het meest van de storm. “

De reizen maakten een grote indruk op hem. Naast het fysiek zware werk, de schoonheid van de uitgestrekte watervlakte en de vrijheid die hij voelde, was er altijd de dreiging van het geweld van de natuur aan boord. Dit is te zien in zijn metershoge schilderijen. Meestal is er een heldere zee en een lucht daarboven, maar soms is er geen horizon, geen scheidslijn, zodat de doeken bijna abstract worden. Zelden is er een persoon of teken van menselijk leven op deze zeegezichten te zien.

Cremer maakt zijn olieverf zelf en brengt deze, net als in zijn vroege jaren, voor een groot deel aan op het linnen of de jute met bijvoorbeeld penselen, spatels en zijn handen. Zo beeldhouwt hij zijn golven en schuimkoppen tot driedimensionale vormen, die beweging en diepte suggereren. Als kijker word je meegezogen in de kolkende watermassa, Cremers zeegezichten zijn nooit rimpelig of glad, ze zijn woest en onrustig als de schilder en zijn leven zelf.

Museum JAN toont in de tentoonstelling ‘Cremer – Noordwaarts 2010-2020’ een ruime selectie monumentale zeegezichten die Jan Cremer in het afgelopen decennium schilderde.

“Ik sodemieter verf op een doek. Ik druip, spat, sla en schop. Ik vecht met verf. Soms win ik.”

Bij de tentoonstelling verschijnt een catalogus uitgegeven door Uitgeverij Waanders en de Kunst.
Cremer – Noordwaarts (2010-2020)
Zee-gezichten
Door Marieke Uildriks, Daan van Lent, Ralph Keuning

Sinds ongeveer 2005 schildert Jan Cremer zeegezichten. Als jonge matroos bevoer hij verschillende zeeën in het noorden van Europa. Die reizen maakten enorme indruk op hem.

Behalve het fysiek zware werk en de schoonheid van de uitgestrekte watervlakten, de vrijheid die hij voelde, was er aan boord ook altijd de dreiging van het geweld van de natuur. Dat is terug te zien in zijn onstuimige doeken. Cremer: ‘Ik heb altijd naar de zee verlangd. Als kind al. Ik heb gevaren en wilde weten wat er achter de horizon zat.’ Als kijker wordt je in de kolkende massa water gezogen, Cremers zeegezichten zijn nooit kabbelend of spiegelglad, ze zijn woest en onrustig als de schilder en zijn leven zelf.

24 x 29 vm
96 pagina’s
63 kleurillustraties
Paperback
Nederlands
ISBN 9789462622999
Inclusief tijdlijn Jan Cremer en tentoonstellingsoverzicht.
€ 19,95

Tentoonstelling Jan Cremer
t/m 25 oktober 2020
Museum JAN, Amstelveen

Museum JAN is een museum in Amstelveen voor beeldende kunst en blinkt uit in glaskunst. De eigen collectie bestaat uit unieke glasobjecten, bijeengebracht door de oprichter Jan van der Togt. Hij verzamelde internationale topkunst en zocht naar wat hem esthetisch boeide. Naast deze karaktervolle collectie biedt Museum JAN een breed en aansprekend tentoonstellingsprogramma.

Museum JAN
Dorpsstraat 50
1182 JE Amstelveen
info@museumjan.nl
+31 (0)20 641 5754
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Independent Bookstore Day: saturday august 29, 2020

 

 

  Independent Bookstore Day
  saturday august 29, 2020

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Dutch writer Marieke Lucas Rijneveld is the winner of The 2020 International Booker Prize

Today, on Wednesday 26 August, The Discomfort of Evening, written by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translated from Dutch by Michele Hutchison, is announced as the winner of The 2020 International Booker Prize.

The £50,000 prize will be split between Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and Michele Hutchison, giving both the author and translator equal recognition.

The winner was announced by chair of the judges, Ted Hodgkinson, this evening, at a digital event which was livestreamed across The Booker Prizes Facebook and YouTube pages. The Dutch edition was a bestseller in the Netherlands, where it won the prestigious ANV Debut Prize.

The Discomfort of Evening was chosen from a shortlist of six books during a lengthy and rigorous judging process, by a panel of five judges, chaired by Ted Hodgkinson, Head of Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre. The panel also includes: Lucie Campos, director of the Villa Gillet, France’s centre for international writing; Man Booker International Prize-winning translator and writer Jennifer Croft; Booker Prize longlisted author Valeria Luiselli and writer, poet and musician Jeet Thayil, whose novel Narcopolis was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012.

Chair of the judges, Ted Hodgkinson says: ‘We set ourselves an immense task in selecting a winner from our superb shortlist, filled with fiction bold enough to upend mythic foundations and burst the banks of the novel itself. From this exceptional field, and against an extraordinary backdrop, we were looking for a book that goes beyond echoing our dystopian present and possesses a timeless charge. Combining a disarming new sensibility with a translation of singular sensitivity, The Discomfort of Evening is a tender and visceral evocation of a childhood caught between shame and salvation, and a deeply deserving winner of The 2020 International Booker Prize.’

Born in April 1991 in Nieuwendijk, Netherlands, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, whose preferred pronouns are they/them, is the youngest author to win The International Booker Prize. The Dutch author grew up in a Reformed farming family in North Brabant before moving to Utrecht and, alongside their writing career, Rijneveld still works on a dairy farm. One of the most exciting new voices in Dutch literature, Rijneveld has already won awards for both their first poetry collection Calfskin and their debut novel The Discomfort of Evening.

Following a stint as an editor, Michele Hutchison became a literary translator from Dutch. Her translations include the bestselling An American Princess by Annejet van der Zijl, Mona in Three Acts by Griet op de Beeck and Seaweed by Miek Zwamborn. She is also co-author of The Happiest Kids in the World.

The Discomfort of Evening tells the story of Jas and her devout farming family in a strict Christian community in rural Netherlands. One winter’s day, her older brother joins an ice skating trip. Resentful at being left alone, she attempts to bargain with God pitting the life of her pet rabbit against that of her brother; he never returns. As grief overwhelms the farm, Jas succumbs to a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies, watching her family disintegrate into a darkness that threatens to derail them all.

The Guardian described The Discomfort of Evening as ‘an unflinching  study of a family falling apart in the madness of grief, rendered all the more unnerving for the childishly plain, undramatic way their compulsive behaviours are reported’.

The Financial Times said ‘there is a bold beauty to the book… by using Jas’s everyday world as a metaphor for loneliness and fear, Rijneveld has created something exceptional.’

Megan Nolan for the New Statesman commented that the character of Jas ‘produces a truly haunting and savage loneliness, communicated by Rijneveld with an agile intensity I have rarely encountered.’

The International Booker Prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It aims to encourage more publishing and reading of quality fiction from all over the world and to promote the work of translators. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The contribution of both author and translator is given equal recognition, with the £50,000 prize split between them.

This year the judges considered 124 books, translated from 30 languages.

(Together, the two Booker Prizes reward the best fiction from around the globe that is published in English in the UK and Ireland. The Booker Prizes are sponsored by Crankstart, a charitable foundation.)

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Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
Dutch writer and poet (1991)

Novels
2018 – De avond is ongemak
2020 – Engels: The Discomfort of Evening, translation Michele Hutchison (Booker International Prize 2020)

Collections of poetry
2015 – Kalfsvlies (C. Buddingh’-prijs 2016) (Ida Gerhardt Poëzieprijs 2020)
2019 – Fantoommerrie

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Weird Westerns. Race, Gender, Genre

Weird Westerns is an exploration of the hybrid western genre—an increasingly popular and visible form that mixes western themes, iconography, settings, and conventions with elements drawn from other genres, such as science fiction, horror, and fantasy.

Despite frequent declarations of the western’s death, the genre is now defined in part by its zombie-like ability to survive in American popular culture in weird, reanimated, and reassembled forms.

The essays in Weird Westerns analyze a wide range of texts, including those by Native American authors Stephen Graham Jones (Blackfeet) and William Sanders (Cherokee); the cult television series Firefly and The Walking Dead; the mainstream feature films Suicide Squad and Django Unchained; the avant-garde and bizarre fiction of Joe R. Lansdale; the tabletop roleplaying game Deadlands: The Weird West; and the comic book series Wynonna Earp.

The essays explore how these weird westerns challenge conventional representations by destabilizing or subverting the centrality of the heterosexual, white, male hero but also often surprisingly reinforce existing paradigms in their inability to imagine an existence outside of colonial frameworks.

Author Bio:
Kerry Fine is an instructor in the Department of English at Arizona State University. Michael K. Johnson is a professor of English at the University of Maine–Farmington. Rebecca M. Lush is an associate professor at California State University, San Marcos. Sara L. Spurgeon is a professor of American literature at Texas Tech University.

Postwestern Horizons:
Postwestern Horizons encourages scholarship which rethinks and reimagines traditional western scholarship by challenging predominant paradigms, including revisionist ones, and dislocating our sense of region. By moving past the West as a national place, process, and idea to more methodologically innovative, transnationally daring, and theoretically fertile horizons of scholarship, this series encourages new ways of conceiving cultural production and reception. Postwestern Horizons encompasses studies of visual culture, environmental studies, literature, history, film studies, and much more.

Weird Westerns
Race, Gender, Genre
Edited by Kerry Fine, Michael K. Johnson, Rebecca M. Lush, and Sara L. Spurgeon
Postwestern Horizons Series
468 pages
Index

Paperback
August 2020
978-1-4962-2178-0
$35.00

Hardcover
August 2020
978-1-4962-2116-2
$70.00

# new books
Weird Westerns.
Race, Gender, Genre

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Brooklyn Book Festival Announces: 15th Anniversary Will Be An All-Virtual Festival

The 2020 Virtual Brooklyn Book Festival will be the 15th anniversary of free literary programming!

This fall an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors will participate as part of a Virtual Festival including Sigrid Nunez, Lee Child, Salman Rushdie, Mia Couto, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Joyce Carol Oates, Adrian Tomine, Emily St. John Mandel, Claudia Rankine, Edmund White, Marie Lu, Colson Whitehead, and more.

Plus independent publishers, literary magazines, and literary organizations will be showcased in our Virtual Literary Marketplace starting August 15.

Each year the Festival also includes a week of Bookend events — see them virtually this year from locations all over the city. This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bookends!

At Children’s Day, more than 50 authors will participate in a full day of author readings and performances, workshops, activities, and book signings — all virtual.
Some of the children’s authors in 2020 are Max Brallier, Tami Charles, Ben Clanton, Chris Grabenstein, Carlos Hernandez, Oliver Jeffers, Varian Johnson, Meg Medina, and R.L. Stine.

About the Brooklyn Book Festival: The Brooklyn Book Festival was launched in 2006 to address the need for a major literary event that embraced the diverse constituencies of New York City. The Festival’s mission is to celebrate published literature and support the literary community through programming that connects New York City readers with local, national, and international authors, publishers, and booksellers. To this end the festival develops original programs that are hip, smart, and diverse and collaborates to present free and low-cost programming including the Festival Day, Bookend Events, YA Outloud, and the BKBF Children’s Day. BKBF is presented by the non-profit Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council.

The Festival is proud of its roster of supporters including the Amazon Literary Partnership, the Baillie Gifford Non Fiction Prize, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, Brookfield Properties and J.P. Morgan Chase, Con Edison, Disney, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Kirby Family Foundation, Little A, the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members Brad Lander, Stephen Levin and Carlos Menchaca, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Lit Tap, NYU. The Festival’s media sponsors include C-SPAN, Book TV, the New York Review of Books, and WNYC.

Be sure to visit www.old.brooklynbookfestival.org or check out the official Facebook page, follow the Festival on Instagram (@bkbookfest), on Twitter (@BKBF), and past Festival photos on Flickr.

2020 Brooklyn Book Festival

Sunday, October 4 = 10am — 8pm
Virtual Festival Day

Saturday, October 3 = 10am — 4pm
Virtual Children’s Day

Saturday, October 3 = 1pm — 6pm
Y.A. Out Loud

September 28 — October 5
Virtual Bookend Events

Confirmed Authors Festival 2020: Salar Abdohbv – Aria Aber – Ayad Akhtar – Becky Albertalli – Rochelle Alers – A. Andrews – Diannely Antigua – Zaina Arafat – Will Arbery – Derf Backderf – Brit Bennett – Carl Bergman – Marie-Helene Bertino – Mark Bibbins – Chelsea Bieker – Betsy Bird – Eula Biss – Max Brallier – Libba Bray – Bill Buford – Susannah Cahalan – Patrice Caldwell – Ada Calhoun – Kacen Callender – Maisy Card – Veronica Chambers – Ruth Chan – Tami Charles – Lee Child – Dave Chisholm – Ben Clanton – Brandy Colbert – Zoraida Córdova – Eduardo C. Corral – Mia Couto – Mike Curato – Angela Dominguez – Sophie Escabasse – Debbi Michiko Florence – Nick Flynn – Curdella Forbes – Carolyn Forché – Gilbert Ford – Kelli Jo Ford – Lauren Francis-Sharma – Marcial Gala – Matt Gallagher – Camryn Garrett – Sasha Geffen – Nelson George – Hafizah Geter – Julia Gfrörer – Paolo Giordano – Chris Grabenstein – Isabel Greenberg – Chris Grine – Kristen Gudsnuk – Romesh Gunesekera – Shawn Harris – Mike Hawthorne – Carlos Hernandez – Amy Herzog – Cathy Park Hong – Mark Honigsbaum – Kiku Hughes – Michael R. Jackson – Victoria James – Oliver Jeffers – N.K. Jemisin – Beverly Jenkins – Kim Johnson – Leah Johnson – Varian Johnson – Tayari Jones – Wayne Jordan – Stephanie Kelton – Jessica Kim – Lily King – Peter Kispert – Yusef Komunyakaa – Andrew Krivak – Ryan La Sala – Stephan Lee – Attica Locke – Marie Lu – Alain Mabanckou – Deborah Madison – Maureen Mahon – Kevin Noble Maillard – Ricardo Alberto Maldonado – Emily St. John Mandel – Ilana Masad – Janae Marks – Bernice L. McFadden – Karen McManus – Juana Medina – Meg Medina – Fernanda Melchor – Colin Meloy – Maaza Mengiste – Kate Messner – Adrienne Miller – Lydia Millet – Jonah Mixon-Webster – Marcus J. Moore – John Murillo – Daniel Nayeri – Emily Nemens – Andrés Neuman – Kevin Nguyen – Lynn Nottage – Sigrid Nunez – Joyce Carol Oates – Tracy O’Neill – Tochi Onyebuchi – Claribel Ortega – Carey Pietsch – Rory Power – Claudia Rankine – Raúl the Third – Calvin Reid – Kiley Reid – Jared Reinmuth – Justin A. Reynolds – Hallie Rubenhold – Salman Rushdie – Kate Elizabeth Russell – Joe Sacco – Aisha Saeed – Jerry Saltz – Maria Scrivan – Tariq Shah – Kevin Sherry – Adania Shibli – Curtis Sittenfeld – Bishakh Som – Mika Song – Leslie Stein – R.L. Stine – Emma Straub – Brandon Taylor – Emily Temple – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o – Héctor Tobar -Adrian Tomine – Laura van den Berg – Juan Pablo Villalobos – Ivan Vladislavić – Karolina Waclawiak – Kawai Strong Washburn – Jesse Wegman – Edmund White – Colson Whitehead – Rick Wilson – Alexis Wright – Shannon Wright – Yao Xiao – Bianca Xunise – Gene Luen Yang – Brigit Young – Lidia Yuknavitch – Kate Zambreno –

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BENEFIT FOR BRABANT – Kunst in tijden van Corona

Het coronavirus en een nieuw provinciebestuur. Het zijn onzekere tijden in het algemeen en voor ‘Ons Brabant’ in het bijzonder.

Wat ons te wachten staat kunnen we nog niet overzien, wel is duidelijk dat de crisis op vele vlakken in de samenlevingen grote impact heeft. Corona heeft de culturele sector grotendeels verlamd. Als het nieuwe provinciebestuur van Noord-Brabant haar ambities met ‘Ons Brabant’ op het gebied van cultuur kan realiseren dan zal de verschraling die door corona is ingezet, afgerond worden met het einde van een provinciaal cultuurbeleid.

Veel Brabantse culturele instellingen zullen hun deur moeten sluiten, het vestigingsklimaat zal verarmen en Brabantse kunstenaars zullen een groot deel van hun opdrachtgevers en podia verliezen en daarmee een zeer onzekere toekomst ingaan.

Om specifiek Brabantse kunstenaars een hart onder de riem te steken in deze moeilijke tijd organiseert PARK de benefiet tentoonstelling BENEFIT FOR BRABANT. Uit meer dan 200 inzendingen is een selectie gemaakt van 138 beeldend kunstenaars die ieder twee werken kunnen tonen. De werken zijn te koop, de opbrengst gaat voor de volle 100% naar de kunstenaar.

In verband met covid-19 vindt er geen officiële opening plaats. We rekenen op uw begrip.

De tentoonstelling is vanaf zaterdag 8 augustus tot en met zondag 30 augustus te bezoeken. PARK is geopend op vrijdag, zaterdag en zondag van 13-17 uur

BENEFIT FOR BRABANT
Kunst in tijden van Corona

Wilhelminapark 53
5041 ED Tilburg NL
air@park013.nl

www.park013.nl
PARK is een initiatief van
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Roger Robinson: A Portable Paradise (Poetry)

Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2020 and the RSL Ondaatje Prize!

These are finely crafted poems that reveal Roger Robinson’s capacity to tell involving stories and capture the essence of a character in a few words, to move the emotions with the force of verbal expression, and engage our thoughts, as in the sequence of poems that reflect on just what paradise might be. A Portable Paradise is a feast to be carried by lovers of poetry wherever they go.

Roger Robinson’s range is wide: the joys and pains of family life; the ubiquitous presence of racism, both subtle and unsubtle; observations on the threatening edge of violence below the surface energies of Black British territories in London; emblematic poems on the beauty and often bizarre strangeness of the world of animals; quizzical responses to the strange, the heartening, and the appalling in incidents or accounts of incidents encountered in daily life; reflections on the purposes and costs of making art, as in fine poems on a George Stubbs’ painting, John Coltrane’s Ascension and cocaine. Not least, in the sequence of poems that reflect on the meanings of the Grenfell Tower fire, Roger Robinson finds ways to move beyond a just indignation to uncover the undertones of experience that bring us nearer to the human reality of that event.

The collection’s title points to the underlying philosophy expressed in these poems: that earthly joy is, or ought to be, just within, but is often just beyond our reach, denied by racism, misogyny, physical cruelty and those with the class power to deny others their share of worldly goods and pleasures. A Portable Paradise is not the emptiness of material accumulation, but joy in an openness to people, places, the sensual pleasures of food and the rewards to be had from the arts of word, sound and visual enticement – in short an “insatiable hunger” for life. The poems express a fierce anger against injustice, but also convey the irrepressible sense that Roger Robinson cannot help but love people for their humour, oddity and generosity of spirit.

These are finely crafted poems, that reveal Roger Robinson’s capacity to tell involving stories and capture the essence of a character in a few words, to move the emotions with the force of verbal expression, and engage our thoughts, as in the sequence of poems that reflect on just what paradise might be. A Portable Paradise is a feast to be carried by lovers of poetry wherever they go.

• Roger Robinson is a writer and performer who lives between London and Trinidad. His first full poetry collection, The Butterfly Hotel, was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize. He has toured extensively with the British Council and is a co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen.

• Review by Bernardine Evaristo for the New Statesman on Wednesday, November 13, 2019: “A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press) is the fourth poetry collection by Trinidadian-British poet Roger Robinson. It’s also his finest, ranging from the most breath-taking poems about the Grenfell Tower fire to the most exquisitely moving poems about the premature birth of his son, who had to fight for his life in an incubator. His poems are deep, mature, moving and inventive.”

A Portable Paradise
Roger Robinson (author)
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781845234331
Number of pages: 144
Dimensions: 206 x 135 mm
Paperback
Published: 08/07/2019
£9.99

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Aria Aber: Hard Damage. Poetry

Hard Damage works to relentlessly interrogate the self and its shortcomings. In lyric and documentary poems and essayistic fragments, Aria Aber explores the historical and personal implications of Afghan American relations.

Drawing on material dating back to the 1950s, she considers the consequences of these relations—in particular the funding of the Afghan mujahedeen, which led to the Taliban and modern-day Islamic terrorism—for her family and the world at large.

Invested in and suspicious of the pain of family and the shame of selfhood, the speakers of these richly evocative and musical poems mourn the magnitude of citizenship as a state of place and a state of mind. While Hard Damage is framed by free-verse poetry, the middle sections comprise a lyric essay in fragments and a long documentary poem. Aber explores Rilke in the original German, the urban melancholia of city life, inherited trauma, and displacement on both linguistic and environmental levels, while employing surrealist and eerily domestic imagery.

  One hears everything here, where the landscape
  is a clean knife, slicing the mute—just a cat
  wiping its face, roofs with snow for weeks, ice
  falling from fir trees like books pushed off a shelf.

“The book is an academic asset. It is fine literature, from beyond the borders of the English-speaking sensibilities. Students of literature, political science, sociology, foreign affairs, and many other disciplines can benefit from Hard Damage…” – NY Journal of Books

Aria Aber was raised in Germany, where she was born to Afghan refugees. Her debut book Hard Damage won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and will be published in September 2019. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Poem-A-Day, Narrative, Muzzle Magazine, Wasafiri and others. A graduate from the NYU MFA in Creative Writing, where she was the Writers in Public Schools Fellow, she holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman and Dickinson House and was the 2018-2019 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. She’s currently based in Berlin and is at work on her second book.

Aria Aber (Author)
Hard Damage
Poetry
Series: Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry
Paperback
126 pages
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
2019
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496215702
ISBN-13: 978-1496215703
Product Dimensions:
6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
$17.95

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Cécile Coulon: Noir volcan. Poésie

En 2018 s’est produit un phénomène que personne n’avait vu venir et qui restera dans l’histoire de la poésie française : un recueil a rencontré à la fois un succès critique et public.

Cécile Coulon avait alors 27 ans, elle était connue comme romancière depuis déjà plusieurs années, et son premier recueil, Les Ronces, suscita un intérêt et un engouement dépassant de loin le cercle « habituel » des lecteurs de poésie.

Son second recueil, Noir volcan, est tout aussi éruptif, celui d’une poésie affranchie, libératrice, terrienne. Il fait partie d’un étonnant renouveau de la poésie constaté par les libraires dont Alexandre Bord : « Des poétesses comme Cécile Coulon et Rupi Kaur, dont les textes ont pu être lus au préalable sur les réseaux sociaux, attirent en librairie des lecteurs qui n’avaient jamais acheté un recueil de poésie. » Il est évident à la lire, que Cécile Coulon ne peut vivre sans poésie.

Cécile Coulon est née en 1990 à Clermont-Ferrand. En quelques années, elle a fait une ascension fulgurante. Elle a publié sept romans dont Trois saisons d’orage (Viviane Hamy), prix des Libraires, et Une bête au paradis (L’Iconoclaste), prix littéraire du Monde. Son premier recueil de poésie, Les Ronces (Le Castor Astral), a reçu le prestigieux prix Apollinaire.

Noir volcan
de Cécile Coulon (Auteur)
Alexandre Bord (Préface)
Broché : 160 pages
Editeur : Le castor astral
6 février 2020
Collection : Poésie
Langue : Français
ISBN-13 : 979-1027802449
ASIN : B07Z76LM7B
Dimensions du produit:
14,1 x 1,5 x 20,5 cm
15,00 EUR

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